Melinda Kinnaman

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Melinda Kinnaman
Melinda Kinnaman på Guldbaggegalan 2013.jpg
Melinda Kinnaman at the 2013 Guldbagge Award.
Melinda Rosalie Kinnaman

(1971-11-09) 9 November 1971 (age 50)
Stockholm, Sweden
NationalitySwedish and American
Years active1985–present
RelativesJoel Kinnaman (half-brother)

Melinda Rosalie Kinnaman (born 9 November 1971) is a Swedish-American actress.

Life and career[]

Kinnaman was born in Stockholm, Sweden, to American parents Dee and Steve Kinnaman.[1] Her paternal half-brother Joel Kinnaman is also an actor.

By age thirteen, she made her acting debut, portraying the tomboy Saga in the acclaimed 1985 movie My Life as a Dog, directed by Lasse Hallström. She was educated at the Swedish National Academy of Mime and Acting in Stockholm from 1991 to 1994. Since then she has been part of the ensemble at the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm and made major parts in many classics, such as Iphigenia in Iphigenia at Aulis (1995), Bianca in The Taming of the Shrew (1997), Anja in The Cherry Orchard (1997), Estelle in Sartre's No Exit (2000), Marie in Woyzeck (2003), Jessica in The Merchant of Venice (2004) and Martirio in The House of Bernarda Alba (2008). In 2011, she played the violinist in Duet for One.[2]

She has also developed acrobatics skills and worked with theatre interwoven with contemporary circus from the start at the Royal Dramatic Theatre 1994 with Robert Lepage's magical production of August Strindberg's A Dream Play and advanced even more in the lead of a brave acrobatic staging of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet (2002).[3][4]

She followed up on that line even for a few years guest performing in Copenhagen in Shakespeare's The Tempest and HC Andersen's The Little Mermaid. She has even participated in productions of modern dance in Stockholm.

On stage, screen and television she has been working in major parts with many prominent personalities, such as Bo Widerberg in The Serpents Way (1986), August Strindberg's The Father and Hedvig in Henrik Ibsen's The Wild Duck (1989), Hans Alfredson in Time of the Wolf (1988), Colin Nutley in British-Swedish TV series The Way Home (1989), Ingmar Bergman and Daniel Bergman in Sunday's Children (1992), as well as with contemporary dramatists such as Lars Norén and Henning Mankell. In 1999, she shared the title role in the international film Mary, Mother of Jesus with Pernilla August.

In 2015–2017, she played the leading role of Inger Johanne Vik, a criminal psychologist and profiler, in the Swedish television psychological thriller series Modus.[5][6][7]


  1. ^ Wennersten, Lina (6 August 2011). "Kroppslig kamp". Svenska Dagbladet. Retrieved 22 December 2016.
  2. ^ Dramaten August 1, 2011, "Reine Brynolfsson och Melinda Kinnaman i Duett för en" (Royal Dramatic Theatre, Production info. Swedish)
  3. ^ Shakespearesällskapet 2010, "Melinda Kinnaman spelade Julia i cirkusmiljö" (Swedish Shakespeare Society: Swedish)
  4. ^ "Nordic Noir and Beyond December 8, 2016, "Modus plus Interview with Star Melinda Kinnaman"". Archived from the original on 5 January 2018. Retrieved 2 September 2018.
  5. ^ "Modus - BBC Four". Retrieved 22 December 2016.
  6. ^ Wollaston, Sam (28 November 2016). "Modus review – pacy and gripping, like a high-end Volvo". Retrieved 22 December 2016 – via The Guardian.
  7. ^ Nordic Noir and Beyond December 8, 2016, "Modus plus Interview with Star Melinda Kinnaman"

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